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Generation Squalor: Shelter's National Investigation into the Housing Crisis

In 2004, Shelter commissioned a national investigation into the housing crisis. Our aim was to look beyond the media obsession with house prices and home improvement to the one million children suffering in bad housing.

A 10-strong panel of experts - all senior professionals in their own field - visited locations around England and Scotland to meet families and witness their living conditions first-hand.

Chaired by journalist Fiona Millar, the panel took evidence from nearly 50 individuals in London, Manchester, Gloucestershire and Edinburgh. Doctors, teachers, religious leaders, housing and homelessness professionals all gave evidence, along with the families who put a human face to the investigations findings.

This report presents the panel's findings alongside Shelter's reports and independent research, building the case for urgent action to address the housing crisis.

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